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Monday, January 11, 2016

The Hillary Bubble

by JASmius

One thing seems certain: If Hillary Clinton goes down in Emailgate, she'll never see it coming.  So entrenched and ensconsed is she in her bubble of elite privilege and royal entitlement that it can't occur to her to be anything but arrogantly complacent, rendering her incapable of realizing how retarded she sounds when she says things like what she said yesterday on Deface The Nation, where she was actually asked about the smoking cannon email ordering and instructing her then-deputy chief of staff at State, Jake Sullivan, how to remove the "classified" markers off a fax with classified information and send it in the clear:

CBS NEWS’ JOHN DICKERSON: What’s striking about that particular email is it suggests you were very facile with how to do this, this process. You knew the instructions for how to get around the restrictions for sending classified information. So you’re saying there’s never an instance, any other instance in which you did that?


Which means she did that many times.

And it wasn’t sent.

So Sullivan didn't break the law, but you did.  That's good for him, not so good for you.

So I think this is another instance where what is common practice....

It's common practice for you to break the law?  Tell us something we don't know.

....namely, look, I need information, I had some points I had to make and I was waiting for a secure fax that could give me the whole picture, but often times there’s a lot of information that isn’t at all classified so whatever information can be appropriately transmitted unclassified often was – that’s true for every agency in the government and anyone who does business with the government.

Whether parts of it weren't classified isn't the point.  Parts of it were, those were the parts you needed to see, and you couldn't be bothered to wait the additional time needed to make sure that all of it was sent to you by protected means.  So you ordered your subordinate to subvert standard security procedures and send the classified fax to you "in the clear" because you're an impatient old twat.  Does that about sum it up?

But the important point here is I had great confidence because I had worked with Jake Sullivan for years. He’s the most meticulous, careful person you could do business with, and he knew exactly what was and wasn’t appropriate....

Which is why you had to order him to do what wasn't appropriate (i.e. legal).

....and in fact as the State [Commissariat] has said, there was no transmission of any classified information.

That's not what they said.  They said they didn't know if classified information was transmitted or not.   They pleaded ignorance, in other words, as another layer of smoke to throw up around your fat, wrinkled ass.

Nice of Mr. Dickerson to save me some keystrokes with this riposte:

So, it’s another effort by people looking for something to throw against the wall to see what sticks but there’s no “there” there.

DICKERSON: Well this one is a little different since the FBI is investigating this specific question of whether classification was meddled with.

If the FBI is investigating it, there absolutely is a "there there".  And the scope of their criminal investigation of Mrs. Clinton keeps growing by the day:

The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as [commissar] of state has expanded to look at whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State [Commissariat] business may have violated public corruption laws, three intelligence sources not authorized to speak on the record told Fox News.

This track is in addition to the focus on classified material found on [Mrs.] Clinton’s personal server.

“The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State [Commissariat] contracts and whether regular processes were followed,” one source said.

This scope increase actually took place nine months ago, and has over a hundred agents assigned exclusively to it.  The dot-connection, you may be wondering?  Remember last spring and summer when Mrs. Clinton had her "home brew server" wiped of over half the emails she sent and received over her four year State Commissariat tenure on the grounds that they were all "personal"?  Love notes to/from Bill, Chelsea's wedding plans, etc.?  Well, does it not stand to reason that she would consider any communications with the Clinton Foundation to be "personal" as well?  And the FBI has been making steady, if quiet, progress over the past few months in recovering all those deleted emails, directly and from backups.

The bleep, in short, is getting ready to hit the fan.  And there Her Nib sits, blissfully unaware, secure in what she thinks is the knowledge that she can do whatever the hell she wants, get away with anything, and no consequences will ever ensue.

The legendary Bob Woodward put it this way yesterday on Fox News Sunday:

I mean, look, here is Hillary Clinton, somebody who worked on the staff of the Nixon impeachment committee, and what was the lesson, one of the lessons from that? Never write anything down.

She did years of Whitewater investigations where she was the target, and here, many years later, she’s saying oh, let’s subvert the rules and writing it out herself? You know, whether that’s some sort of crime I think is not the issue. The issue is, it shows she kind of feels immune, that she lives in a bubble, and no one is ever going to find this out. Well, now we have. [emphases added]

And the pressure for indicting and prosecuting Mrs. Clinton continues to build:

One intelligence source told Fox News that FBI agents would be “screaming” if a prosecution is not pursued because “many previous public corruption cases have been made and successfully prosecuted with much less evidence than what is emerging in this investigation.”

The FBI is particularly on edge in the wake of how the case of former CIA Director David Petraeus was handled.

One of the three sources said some FBI agents felt Petraeus was given a slap on the wrist for sharing highly classified information with his mistress and biographer Paula Broadwell, as well as lying to FBI agents about his actions. Petraeus pled guilty to a misdemeanor in March 2015 after a two-plus-year federal investigation in which [Reichsfuhrer] Eric ["The Red"] Holder initially declined to prosecute. …

By contrast, in the [Rodham] case, the number of classified emails has risen to at least 1,340. A 2015 appeal by the State [Commissariat] to challenge the “Top Secret” classification of at least two emails failed and, as Fox News first reported, is now considered a settled matter. [emphasis added]

This rule-of-law-eviscerating partisan double standard has, of course, existed for years.  But never before has it been this blatantly public and in-our-faces overt.  And if Loretta Lynch simply refuses to enforce the law in so blatant and egregious a case of its wholesale violation, and the FBI and entire intelligence community rises up in full-throated rebellion....

The next few months will not be dull, at the very least.

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